When supercolonies collide: territorial aggression in an invasive and unicolonial social insect.

  title={When supercolonies collide: territorial aggression in an invasive and unicolonial social insect.},
  author={Melissa L. Thomas and Christine M Payne-Makris{\^a} and Andrew V Suarez and Neil D Tsutsui and David A. Holway},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={15 14},
Some species of ants possess an unusual form of social organization in which aggression among nests is absent. This type of social organization, called unicoloniality, has been studied in only a handful of species and its evolutionary origins remain unclear. To date, no study has examined behavioural and genetic patterns at points of contact between the massive supercolonies that characterize unicoloniality. Since interactions at territory boundaries influence the costs of aggression and the… CONTINUE READING
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